Monday, January 23, 2017

Trump tracking...

2017-DEC-11 Another day, another lie...

2017-DEC-07Another day, another lie...
"Technically, though, it's not even the biggest tax cut of the past five years.

That honor goes to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which was actually signed into law by President Barack Obama on Jan. 2, 2013."

2017-AUG-18 Another day, another lie...
"In an apparent response to the Barcelona terrorist attack on Thursday, President Trump cited an apocryphal story about turn-of-the-20th-century American Gen. John Pershing – and missed its context.
'Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught," Trump tweeted shortly after condemning the attack in Spain. "There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!'
Trump, following up on another tweet condemning the attack in Barcelona, was referring to a story he told on the campaign trail, a legend that began after Pershing served as governor of a heavily Muslim province in the Philippines from 1909 to 1913.
'He caught 50 terrorists who did tremendous damage and killed many people,' Trump said during a rally in Charleston, S.C., in February of 2016:
'And he took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pigs’ blood ... And he had his men load his rifles, and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the 50th person, he said: You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened. And for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem. Okay? Twenty-five years, there wasn’t a problem.

Yet there's no evidence this ever happened, and Pershing certainly didn't stop violence in the Philippines."

2017-JUL-30 Repeal and replace is dead, get over it!

The senate has voted against repeal and/or replace. But Trump threatens to go it alone and cut the $7b a year subsidies which "subsidies, totaling about $7 billion a year, help reduce deductibles and copayments for consumers with modest incomes". This is just a mean-spirited "get back at you" attitude that is typical of Trump, and, incidentally, quite an autocratic approach. You are running Trump Corp, you are running the U.S.A, work with the system or change the system, don't bypass it!

"In apparent frustration over Friday's failure by the Senate Republican majority to pass a bill repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act, Trump tweeted: 'If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!'
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said after the bill failed early Friday that he would move to other legislative business in the upcoming week."

2017-JUL-12 The bill that wasn't

Excerpt from released Donald Trump's Jr's email exchanges with a Russian attorney:

"Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.
The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin."

If there was any doubt of Russia's intentions to influence the elections, and in whos favor, I guess this can be put to rest.

2017-JUN-01 The bill that wasn't
"Our tax bill is moving along in Congress, and I believe it’s doing very well."
Trump speech on paris climate agreement withdrawal.

But, there is actually no tax bill ! Either a lie or gross incompetence from Trump

  • No tax bill has been introduced to the US House of Representatives.
  • No tax bill has been introduced to the US Senate.
  • The White House has not released a tax plan that is detailed enough for experts to assess its economic or fiscal impact."

2017-MAY-13 Trump, the catapult expert
"The steam-powered catapult systems that are being replaced have been used to launch airplanes from U.S. carriers for some six decades now. Not only are steam systems harder to maintain than electrical ones; they have a lower upper-limit during combat—meaning electrical systems can launch more aircraft in a shorter amount of time. Electrical systems can also better handle smaller aircrafts and drones compared with steam. Steam systems also put more stress on airframes, and make them more prone to corrosion. Not only that, but carriers themselves are exceedingly vulnerable to attack—meaning outfitting them with the modern defense systems is a priority."

It sounded bad to me. Digital. They have digital. What is digital? And it’s very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out. And I said—and now they want to buy more aircraft carriers. I said, “What system are you going to be—” “Sir, we’re staying with digital.” I said, “No you’re not. You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it’s no good.” - Trump interview to Times


"Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Thursday rejected assertions by the White House that FBI employees had lost faith in James Comey and that the bureau's probe into Russian election meddling was one of its most minor concerns.

'I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity,' McCabe told members of the Senate intelligence committee.

    He said Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, enjoyed 'broad support within the FBI and still does to this day.' He added, 'The majority, the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep, positive connection to Director Comey.'"

    2017-MAY-13 Trump fires FBI head who was investigating his team's involvement in Russia's meddling in U.S elections2017-APR-28 Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life
    "A new Gallup poll on Tuesday showed just 40 percent of people said Trump has made progress after 100 days when it comes to changing the way Washington works; 54 percent said he hasn’t"
    2017-APR-28 Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

    "He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is.
    President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House.
    'I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,' Trump told Reuters in an interview. 'This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."

    2017-APR-28 Despite tough talk and more arrests, deportations slow under Trump

    "President Donald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his administration -- but so far his administration is deporting fewer people than his predecessor.


    According to statistics from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) given to CNN, the pace of removals under Trump in his first three months lags behind even the last two years of his predecessor, when then-President Barack Obama ordered his agencies to use more discretion when it came to deporting undocumented immigrants, focusing specifically on criminals."

    2017-APR-25 State Dept. blog promotes Trump's Mar-a-Lago

    "President Donald Trump personally owns Mar-a-Lago, his private club on Florida's eastern coast. But that didn't stop the State Department, in a blog post on the United States Embassy in London's website, from touting the property.
    In a markedly promotional blog post from April 5 that could eventually benefit the President's bottom line, should it spur membership or foreign visits, the embassy writes that the property has 'become well known as the President frequently travels there to work or host foreign leaders.'"


    Story was removed

    2017-APR-24 Obamacare more popular than its critics


    Assad was testing the water, trying to see if he could get away with using sarin gas on his own people. Since Trump was buddy-buddy with Putin, and complained numerous times before that U.S.A. should not engage in Syria, this was a big policy reversal.
    But one that was necessary; tyrants needs to understand that there will be consequences to their actions.
    Actually, upon more thinking about this, that might well be the best way to set dictatorship straight; intervening when a dictator goes too far, and hopefully, over time, making the dictatorship untenable. 

    Bombing North Korea's nuclear facilities seem like the next logical step and Trump has already warned Xi Jingping that if he doesn't do anything, the U.S. will.

    "On Thursday night, the US launched a salvo of 59 cruise missiles on Shayrat airfield and nearby Syrian military infrastructure in response to the chemical attack that killed at least 80 people in the northwestern part of the country on Tuesday."

    "Russian President Vladimir Putin regards the US attacks on Syria as 'an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law, and under a trumped-up pretext at that,' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted in Russian state-run news agency Sputnik
    The Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed its 'full support ... for the American military operations on military targets in Syria,' according to a statement from the Saudi Press Agency.

    Government spokesman Mohammad Momani said Jordan considers the strike 'a necessary and appropriate response to the non-stop targeting of innocent civilians' with weapons of mass destruction.

    Jordan reiterated its rejection and condemnation of the use of weapons of mass destruction, including the recent chemical attack against civilians in Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's Idlib province


    ''We welcome the US operation,' said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusogulu.

    Turkey called the airstrikes 'a positive response to the Assad regime's war crimes.'


    Iran 'strongly condemns' the military strike, said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi in the country's semi-official news agency ISNA


    'China always opposes the use of force in international affairs and we advocate resolving disputes peacefully through dialogues... We always hold that the Syrian issue should be resolved through political means.'


    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said said Australia 'strongly supports the swift and just response of the US' to the chemical attack in Idlib province


    The Prime Minister of Israel account tweeted that 'Israel fully supports President Trump's decision.'

    'The Japanese government supports the US government's resolve that it will never tolerate the spread and use of chemical weapons,' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters
    'The UK Government fully supports the US action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is intended to deter further attacks,' a UK government spokesperson said in a statement

    "Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Trump on Friday morning. According to a readout of that call circulated by the Prime Minister's Office, Trudeau told Trump that Canada fully supports the 'limited and focused action to degrade the Syrian regime's ability to conduct chemical weapons attacks'"


    "House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor Friday afternoon, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn't get a vote.

    The decision to delay the vote marks an acute embarrassment for the President, who had gambled big by presenting holdout House conservatives with a take-it-or-leave it ultimatum Thursday night and put his own credibility on the line.

    But Trump repeatedly pointed the finger directly at Democrats, who all opposed the measure, rather than at his own party, which holds a significant majority in the House.

    'We had no Democratic support,' he said. 'I've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we could do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It's exploding right now.'
    'We came up short,' Ryan told reporters. 'We are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.' "
    "According to the March 13-23 poll, 49 percent of American adults said the AHCA was 'not an improvement' over Obamacare, which helped about 20 million people get insurance coverage. Another 33 percent said the Republican bill was "an improvement" over Obamacare, and the remaining 18 percent did not know"


    President Trump's Interview With TIME on Truth and Falsehoods

    2017-MAR-16 TRUMP BUDGET
    Put more money where none's needed, and cut along ideological lines...
    (and shows that Americans will pay for that wall afterall)

    2017-MAR-13 Sean Spicer denies wiretapping means wiretapping

    “If you look at the president's tweet, he said very clearly, quote, 'wire tapping' — in quotes,” Spicer said during Monday's news briefing, making air quotes with his fingers to emphasize his point. “There's been substantial discussion in several reports. … There's been reports in the New York Times and the BBC and other outlets about other aspects of surveillance that have occurred. The president was very clear in his tweet that it was, you know, 'wire tapping' — that spans a whole host of surveillance types of options.

    This is quite a remarkable standard Spicer is trying to set for his boss. None of the “several reports” Spicer referenced actually claim that Trump or his aides were wiretapped, despite claims to the contrary. Fox News Channel's Steve Doocy said on the air Monday morning that “there's no doubt about the fact that at least Michael Flynn was wiretapped,” and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said on CNN a short time later that “we know that General Flynn was wiretapped.”

    Wrong. The Washington Post reported last month that pre-inauguration phone calls between Flynn, who resigned as national security adviser, and Russia's ambassador to the United States were intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies because the ambassador was wiretapped. That's a key distinction that the president's aides and media boosters seem determined to obscure.

    If Trump has evidence that Flynn or anyone else on his team was bugged, he has not produced it, and news reports do not support his charge against Obama."

    2017-MAR-13 CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the American Health Care Act would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 24 million in 2026 relative to current law

    "CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the legislation would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the 2017-2026 period. That total consists of $323 billion in on-budget savings and $13 billion in off-budget savings. Outlays would be reduced by $1.2 trillion over the period, and revenues would be reduced by $0.9 trillion.

    The largest savings would come from reductions in outlays for Medicaid and from the elimination of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) subsidies for nongroup health insurance. The largest costs would come from repealing many of the changes the ACA made to the Internal Revenue Code—including an increase in the Hospital Insurance payroll tax rate for high-income taxpayers, a surtax on those taxpayers’ net investment income, and annual fees imposed on health insurers—and from the establishment of a new tax credit for health insurance"

    "CBO and JCT estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law. Most of that increase would stem from repealing the penalties associated with the individual mandate. Some of those people would choose not to have insurance because they chose to be covered by insurance under current law only to avoid paying the penalties, and some people would forgo insurance in response to higher premiums.

    Later, following additional changes to subsidies for insurance purchased in the nongroup market and to the Medicaid program, the increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number under current law would rise to 21 million in 2020 and then to 24 million in 2026. The reductions in insurance coverage between 2018 and 2026 would stem in large part from changes in Medicaid enrollment—because some states would discontinue their expansion of eligibility, some states that would have expanded eligibility in the future would choose not to do so, and per-enrollee spending in the program would be capped. In 2026, an estimated 52 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law"

    2017-MAR-07 The Office of Government Ethics isn't happy with the White House's decision not to punish top aide Kellyanne Conway

    "OGE Director Walter Shaub told the White House in a letter Thursday that he remains concerned with Conway's "misuse of position."

    In an interview on Fox News Channel on Feb. 9, Conway raved about Ivanka Trump merchandise and encouraged viewers to 'go buy Ivanka's stuff.' A day earlier, President Trump had attacked Nordstrom department stores for dropping his daughter's line of clothes and accessories.

    The ethics office recommended discipline because federal rules prohibit executive branch employees from endorsing products. The White House concluded that she was speaking 'in a light, off-hand manner while attempting to stand up for a person she believed had been unfairly treated.'"

    2017-MAR-07 Republican health plan doesn't deliver health care
    "Ryancare doesn't give the neediest families enough help to afford decent insurance while blowing a substantial chunk of change on families who don't really need much help"

    "Everybody has to be covered (...) I'm going to take care of everybody () The government is going to pay for it"
    - Donald Trump, before the election

    "House Speaker Paul Ryan, the Republican plan's top backer in Congress, said he is 'certain' that the CBO will show a reduction in the number of Americans with coverage.
    'You know why? Because this isn't a government mandate,' Ryan told NBC's Meet the Press"
    - Paul Ryan, after the election

    Chart below brilliantly shows how Trump-care fails to achieve the goal of improving coverage by penalizing people who need subsidized coverage the most (the older, and poorer)

    2017-MAR-04 Trump Takes Credit for 2013 Exxon Plans

    "President Donald Trump is again citing corporate investments planned before he took office as evidence that his policies are growing jobs and business.

    'We are already winning again, America!' he tweeted Monday after Exxon Mobil announced the latest details of an expansion initiative that actually began in 2013. 'Buy American & hire American are the principals at the core of my agenda, which is: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS,' he said in another tweet thanking Exxon Mobil for the announcement.
    It's the latest in a string of corporate announcements about jobs and investments that date back to plans companies largely made when Barack Obama was president."
    2017-MAR-04 Trump's rally, 'Spirit of America" 2nd day 
     "Their predictions appeared to be correct, as they were on Monday when similar rallies were held. In many towns and cities, the rallies did not draw more than a few hundred people, and some were at risk of being outnumbered by small groups of anti-Trump protesters that gathered to shout against the rallies"

    2017-MAR-02 Pence used AOL email on governor business, got hacked

    "Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a personal AOL account for sensitive state business, including discussions about homeland security issues, while he was governor of Indiana, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday.

    One of the emails, obtained through a public records request, relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges, the newspaper reported. While the arrangement doesn't violate Indiana law, the state requires all records dealing with state business to be retained and available for public information requests"

    2017-FEB-28 Trump's rally 'Spirit of America" seems to indicate faltering support
     "An estimated 200 people came out for the Spirit of America Rally on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol building on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Denver to show support for President Donald Trump"

    "In Brea, California, in traditionally conservative Orange County, about 60 people stood outside a shopping mall chanting 'Build the wall' and 'God bless America, God bless Donald Trump' and carrying sings that read 'Trump loves you' and 'Trump all the way.'"

    2017-FEB-23 Donald Trump Obliterates the Deficit!

    "The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo. "
    -Donald Trump on Tweeter

    True data but Donald doesn't mention that he has nothing to do with this, and that a month is anyway irrelevant.

    2017-FEB-23 US private prison program rebooted by Trump administrationThe gigantic failure which was the U.S.'s for-profit private prison system, gets rebooted by Trump's administration, after having been dismantled by Obama.

    "Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general, on Thursday rescinded a six-month-old directive for the Federal Bureau of Prisons to wind down contracts with prison companies, claiming that the measure had 'impaired the bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system'
    Sally Yates, then the deputy attorney general, said in a memo that research had found private prisons 'simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources' and 'do not save substantially on costs' either. Essential government education and training programs for prisoners 'have proved difficult to replicate and outsource' in the private sector, she said"

    Additional information:

    "...concludes that over-harsh criminal justice policies, particularly increased incarceration, which rose even more dramatically over the same period, were not the main drivers of the crime decline. In fact, the report finds that increased incarceration has been declining in its effectiveness as a crime control tactic for more than 30 years. Its effect on crime rates since 1990 has been limited, and has been non-existent since 2000.

    More important were various social, economic, and environmental factors, such as growth in income and an aging population. The introduction of CompStat, a data-driven policing technique, also played a significant role in reducing crime in cities that introduced it.

    The report concludes that considering the immense social, fiscal, and economic costs of mass incarceration, programs that improve economic opportunities, modernize policing practices, and expand treatment and rehabilitation programs, all could be a better public safety investment"
    2017-FEB-23 Nuclear arsenal, trying to solve a non-issue
    “ 'I am the first one that would like to see ... nobody have nukes, but we’re never going to fall behind any country even if it’s a friendly country, we’re never going to fall behind on nuclear power. It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack', Trump said
    The new strategic arms limitation treaty, known as New START, between the United States and Russia requires that by February 5, 2018, both countries must limit their arsenals of strategic nuclear weapons to equal levels for 10 years"
    Countries by estimated total nuclear warhead stockpile

    2017-FEB-23 Air Force Stumped by Trump's Claim of $1 Billion Savings on Jet
    "The Air Force can’t account for $1 billion in savings that President Donald Trump said he’s negotiated for the program to develop, purchase and operate two new Boeing Co. jets to serve as Air Force One"

    This guy had a similar idea:

    2017-FEB-18 Nothing happened "last night in Sweden"

    "Here's the bottom line. We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening. We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what's happening in Brussels. You look at what's happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris.."
    - Donald Trump. Rally in Melbourne, Florida

    Nothing happened "last night" in Sweden.

    2017-FEB-17 One more lie, why?

    "We got 306, because people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before, so that’s the way it goes. It was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.”
    - Donald Trump in a press conference in the White House East Room, Feb 17th

    "The president earned 306 electoral votes, but technically received only 304 after two electors defected. Three hundred and six is fewer than the electoral votes earned by the winners in 2012 (332), 2008 (365), 1996 (379), 1992 (370) and 1988 (426). NBC News reporter Peter Alexander brought this fact up to the president.

    'I was talking about Republican,' said Trump.

    When Alexander cited George H. W. Bush’s numbers, Trump said, 'I was given that information, I don’t know. We had a very, very big margin.' He added, 'Actually I’ve seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory, would you agree with that?'

    'You’re the president,' replied Alexander."
    Watch the exchange here:

    Now, it is nearly impossible that Trump wouldn't have done some very basic check even before he got elected and fully understand that his victory was by a small margin and nowhere near a landslide that would have warranted a comparison with Reagan's.
    It seems consistent with his strategy to keep lying and hope that his supporter will keep discounting truth in favor of the "media is against me" conspiracy.

    2017-FEB-09 Oversight chairman requests ethics review of Kellyanne Conway

    "The Republican and Democratic heads of the House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform filed a letter on Thursday requesting the independent government watchdog begin a review of President Donald Trump's counselor following her endorsement of Ivanka Trump's fashion line

    In a letter to the Office of Government Ethics, Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings wrote that they had "extremely serious concerns" that Kellyanne Conway violated federal ethics rules when she appeared on Fox News on Thursday and explicitly endorsed Ivanka Trump's fashion line"

    2017-FEB-13 Trump security adviser Flynn resigns after leaks suggest he tried to cover up Russia talks
    "The US national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late Monday amid a flow of intelligence leaks that he had secretly discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washington and then tried to cover up the conversations.

    The resignation, with the Trump era less than four weeks old, is the latest and most dramatic convulsion in the most chaotic start to an administration in modern US history"

    2017-FEB-10 Appeals court upheld travel ban freeze
    "To arrive at that decision, the appeals court did something close to what fact-checkers, journalists, scholars and others do every day when Trump and his surrogates make extraordinary claims: It demanded extraordinary evidence — or at least some evidence — for the administration’s arguments.

    And it got none, the judges said.

    The court asked the government to explain the “urgent need” for the order to be restored, but Justice Department lawyers offered 'no evidence,' the opinion read.
    It asked for evidence in the form of legal precedents that noncitizens affected by the order 'have no rights' under the Constitution. The court found the government’s examples unconvincing.

    It also asked for evidence that immigrants from the countries named in Trump’s order had committed terrorist attacks in the United States. Instead, the government merely argued that the court 'must not review its decision at all,' according to the opinion.
    In court papers, the government argued that the president’s authority to suspend immigration was “unreviewable,” meaning the court couldn’t check his power. That seemed to alarm the judges.

    'There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability,' the opinion read, 'which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.'"

    2017-FEB-07 Murder rate; Trump doubling-down on lies
    "I'd say that in a speech and everybody was surprised because the press doesn't like to tell it like it is (...)
    It wasn't to their advantage to say that. The murder rate is the highest it's been in I guess 45-47 years."
    Donald Trump, during a meeting with US sheriffs at the White House

    The media wouldn't say that, because that's not true.

    While there was a small 3.9% increase in violent crime in 2015 (data here from the "fake news?" FBI), on the contrary, murder rate is actually at over 40 years low.

    2017-FEB-06 Trump's FSS targets net neutrality

    Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

    "In his first days as President Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai has aggressively moved to roll back consumer protection regulations created during the Obama presidency.

    Mr. Pai took a first swipe at net neutrality rules designed to ensure equal access to content on the internet."

    2017-FEB-06 When is a ban not a ban, or is it?

    "That’s not a ban" Sean Spicer, about Trump's Executive Order to ban people from 7 countries

    But then, in Trump's own Tweets:

    Oh, seems that it is a ban after all...
    Which is not surprising because Trump actually asked Gulliani to implement a Muslim ban that would be "legal". You can hear it here in Rudy's own words.
    (Note that Gulliani's "substantial evidences that these countries are sending terrorists", is, of course, bull. As explained below and risks assessment from Cato here)
    But wait, didn't Obama do the same? Nope...

    "Trump’s comparison of his immigration actions to Obama’s policy in 2011 is a faulty one. The fact is that the Obama administration was responding to a known and specific threat from one country and limited its response to refugees from that country, while Trump’s order temporarily bans refugees from all countries — indefinitely in the case of those from Syria — and temporarily bars all other visitors from seven predominately Muslim countries"

    Then, it is not a Muslim ban, but Christian will be given priority...

    Wouldn't that be offensive and unconstitutional? What do you think, Mr. Vice-President?

    Attorney General Sally Yates, doing her duty of check and balance, refused to enforce the ban, on the same basis raised by Pence:

    "My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts," she said in a letter. "In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right"

    This got her fired.

    Then, George W. Bush appointed judge James Robart "a federal judge in the state of Washington ordered a nationwide temporary restraining order against Donald Trump’s 'Muslim ban'"

    Trump got into a hissy fit and issued these:

    Therein lies the problem; he seems oblivious to the fact that separation of powers is germane to the concept of a healthy Democracy and key to the protection of the constitution.

    Trump, via the justice department, tried to appeal the judge's decision, and failed.

    Proving the U.S. democracy is stronger than any single of its constituents, which is something we can all take solace in.

    Additional info:

    2017-FEB-05 Cozying up to Russia. A concept GOP is uneasy with

    Read and watch:

    That is because Trump equates being tough, and being effective and smart. So, Putin is tough, then he must be effective and smart. But effective at what? In Putin's case, staying in power via undemocratic means, annexing neighboring countries, etc

    Again here, it is all about ego; Trump sees himself in Putin's image to the world and he likes it. I don't think Trump has spend a minute checking into Putin's actions.

    2017-FEB-05 Bernie Sanders: Trump is a ‘fraud’ for cozying up to Wall Street

    Meant for the Sanders supporter that voted Trump because "at least he won't be cozy-up to Wall-Street like Hillary would"...

    "This guy ran for president of the United States saying, 'I, Donald Trump, I’m going to take on Wall Street. These guys are getting away with murder,' Sanders said. 'And then, suddenly, he appoints all these billionaires. His major financial adviser comes from Goldman Sachs. And now he is going to dismantle legislation that protects consumers.”

    I don't have a problem myself with pro-business policies. But I do have a problem with liars...

    2017-FEB-02 Trump Vows to ‘Destroy’ Law Banning Political Endorsements by Churches

    "WASHINGTON — President Trump vowed on Thursday to overturn a law restricting political speech by tax-exempt churches, a potentially huge victory for the religious right and a gesture to evangelicals, a voting bloc he attracted to his campaign by promising to free up their pulpits.
    Mr. Trump said his administration would 'totally destroy' the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status.
    'Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but it is also a right under threat all around us,' Mr. Trump told religious leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast. 'That is why I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.'"

    Trump now pandering to evangelicals and threatening the all important separation of church and state.

    2017-FEB-01 Obamacare more popular than ever

    But since Donald J. Trump, who promised to repeal the law, was elected president, that long-held pattern has begun to shift. In a variety of recent polls, with questions asked in different ways, more Americans are now saying they favor Obamacare than oppose it

    The Pew Research Center has found that, for the first time since 2007, a majority of Americans believe it should be the federal government’s responsibility to make sure Americans have health insurance.
    Pew found a big shift among low-income Republican voters, a key Trump constituency and a group that has benefitted substantially from the health law"

    2017-JAN-27 Donald Trump on Friday ordered "new vetting measures" to keep "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the United States

    "We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people"
    "...a draft of the order called for suspending the issuing of visas to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 30 days"

    Meanwhile, in the real world:
    It seems that less than a handful of the perpetrators of terrorists acts on U.S soil in the past 40 years were from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen...
    Yet, Saudi Arabia, a state sponsor of radical Islam, is absent from the list.


    "Regardless of the type of terrorist attack — jihadist or right-wing — the overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks are committed by US-born citizens"

    More stats from the libertarian CATO institute:

    “From 1975 through 2015, the chance of an American being murdered by a foreign-born terrorist was 1 in 3,609,709 a year.”

    2017-JAN-25 EPA information suppression averted due to backlash

    "Trump administration officials appear to have walked back plans to scrub climate change references from U.S. EPA's website.

    'We've been told to stand down,' an EPA employee told E&E News today. That new directive comes after staff were told yesterday to remove the agency's climate change page from its website, worrying climate change activists and sending data specialists scrambling to download files."

    If Science doesn't fit your alt-reality, prevent information from circulating seems to be the motto...

    2017-JAN-25 A Trump Tracker

    Interesting turn of events. Lets see if this is just one more of his bait and switch tactics...

    2017-JAN-25 A Trump Tracker

    2017-JAN-24 Peddling more lies about voter fraud
    Trump lost the popular vote by about 3 million votes (about 2% points). This seems to irritate him greatly and instead of moving on, he would rather change reality to make it a win...

    "The President does believe that, I think he's stated that before, and stated his concern of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have brought to him" - White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Monday Jan 23rd, 2017

    No evidences were brought forward. Basically because there are none that support the burden of proof.

    The research and actual recounts show that while there is fraud, it is insignificant:

    "Even given allegations that were unsubstantiated, the rate of possible fraud remains low. (...) 0.045% within St. Louis City and County (...)
    The allegations of fraud related to the 2004 general election, in which 3,611,691 votes were cast in New Jersey.189. There were eight substantiated cases of individuals knowingly casting invalid votes—eight voters voting twice. This amounts to a rate of 0.0004%. None of these problems could have been resolved by requiring photo ID at the polls"

    "A News21 analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent"

    Even Trump's laywers, when attempting to oppose Jill Stein's recount efforts, stated:
    "All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake"

    Completed recounts in Wisconsin, Nevada, have yielded virtually no changes in the results.

    It seems that Trump's source is a single report claiming important non-citizen voting. But this report's has been discredited due to the methodology used.

    "The example for this analysis is Richman et al. (2014), which presents a biased estimate of the rate at which non-citizens voted in recent elections. The results, we show, are completely accounted for by very low frequency measurement error; further, the likely percent of non-citizen voters in recent US elections is 0"

    Now, for the believers in this conspiracy, just ask yourself; if Trump believes there's massive voter fraud, why isn't he having it investigated?

    2017-JAN-23 Blocks funding to international family-planning organizations unless they agree not to promote abortion

    The “Mexico City Policy” prohibits non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. funds – including International Planned Parenthood – from providing or promoting abortions, as a method of family planning, overseas. The policy also bans these organizations from advocating for the passage of pro-abortion laws in other countries. (research showing that the policy increases the number of abortions)

    2017-JAN-23 Trump releasing his tax returns; not going to happen

    Every candidate, for the past 40 years, have released their tax returns.
    They can be found there:

    Trump has committed numerous times on releasing his tax returns:

    "I’d love to give my tax returns. I may tie my tax returns into Obama’s birth certificate"

    April 19, 2011 (Obama did produce his birth certificate)

    ""if I decide to run for office, I’ll produce my tax returns, absolutely and I would love to do that" May 2014
    "MATT LAUER: Real quickly. When are you going to release your tax returns?
    TRUMP: Probably over the next few months. They’re being worked on now." Feb 10, 2016
    More exhaustive list:

    Then, post-election...

    " 'The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,' the counselor, Kellyanne Conway, said in an interview on the ABC program 'This Week.'"


    2017-JAN-20 Crowd size at inauguration; a brushed ego

    While measuring crowd size at inauguration provides an interesting data point... for 5 minutes, what is telling is the extent at which Trump so wanted his "show" to be bigger than anybody else's that he ordered his minions to question the obvious and provide "alternate facts". That's not a president with a steady hand...

    Obama's 2009 inauguration, from another angle

    Supporters have argued that the angle of the first picture was deceiving. While the logic is obviously flawed, as the best picture to assess the crowd size would be at 90 degree angle, even in the picture above, you can see part of empty sections. Can't see much of them... because of the angle!
    According to the Washington Post, transit ridership before 11am and the whole day was about the same for Trump and Bush Jr's inaugurations, less than half of Obama's 2009's.

    "After the National Park Service retweeted messages that negatively compared the crowd sizes at Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration to Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, representatives from the new administration asked the Interior Department's digital team to temporarily stop using Twitter -- a decision the agency now claims was out of a concern the account was hacked"

    Kellyanne Conway, Trump senior advisor, tried to defend Sean Spicer's false claims about the size of the crowd:

    --answer the question of why the president asked the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood? Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office--


    No it doesn't.



    Don't be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. What-- You're saying it's a falsehood. And they're giving Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that. But the point remains--



    Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Look, alternative facts are not facts. They're falsehoods."

    It should concern even Trump supporters that the leader of the single world's superpower gets triggered so easily, and is willing to use executive powers to bend the truth for a bruised ego. What will happen when he has to deal with actual issues with other nations? Say, if Xi Jingping noticed that Trump does have small hands and made a comment about this in the news? :-)

    But then again, it seems that a large portion of Trump supporters also do not care much about the truth: